Art Masterpiece in Hermitage Amsterdam

The Art Masterpiece Matisse’s Dance will be six weeks on display in Hermitage Amsterdam.

From Thursday 1 April the painting Dance (1909-1910) by Henri Matisse will be included in the exhibition Matisse to Malevich. Pioneers of modern art from the Hermitage. Dance, which will be seen at the Hermitage Amsterdam only until 9 May, has never previously been displayed in the Netherlands.

It is one of the icons of art history and comes from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. It is rarely loaned out. Very recently the Ministry of Culture in Moscow gave permission for Dance to be loaned to the Hermitage Amsterdam for six weeks. This monumental painting, measuring 260 x 391 centimetres, is an important addition to the exhibition. Its innovative and unconventional design makes this a key work in Matisse’s oeuvre.

The artist was inspired by the theme of the dance. He incorporated it in wood carvings, watercolour sketches, drawings in pencil and charcoal and even on vases. Before he painted the version that is now coming to Amsterdam, he made an earlier Dance (MoMA collection, New York). When Sergei Shchukin saw that painting, he commissioned from Matisse a similar work with the same imposing dimensions for his Moscow villa. In 1909 he ordered the counterpart of another painting: “The music”.

The Matisse exhibition of Malevich will be on display until September 18 in the Amsterdam Hermitage.

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